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.NET Programming: A Practical Guide Using C# by Pradeep Tapadiya

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Chapter 4. Essentials of the .NET Framework

In the previous chapter, we looked at how to write, compile, and execute code that targets .NET. In this chapter, we examine the facilities that the .NET Framework provides to load and execute the code and provide services to the executing code. We start with an overview of various components that constitute the .NET Framework. Then we look at the overall process of managed code execution. We will see how .NET applications can be administratively controlled using external configuration files and how the configuration mechanism can be extended to store custom settings. We then look at the type system used by the common language runtime and examine the memory and performance considerations of using reference ...

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